The Savage Eye is an experimental hybrid between fiction and documentary, portraying urban life as both a nightmare and a release. The poetic text sometimes contrasts with intriguing, neutral footage. When it was released in 1960, The Savage Eye was seen as an important example of cinema verité. Filmmakers Sidney Meyers, Ben Maddow and Joseph Strick worked on the film for a full four years in their free time. There’s an important role for music, performed by a brass ensemble and composed by Leonard Rosenman, who went on to write scores for films such as Barry Lyndon (1975) and Sybil (1976).
Directors: Ben Maddow, Sidney Meyers, Joseph Strick.
Writers: Ben Maddow, Sidney Meyers, Joseph Strick.
Stars: Barbara Baxley, Gary Merrill, Herschel Bernardi, Jean Hidey, Elizabeth Zemach.
Cinematographers: Jack Couffer (photographer), Helen Levitt (photographer), Haskell Wexler (photographer).
Composer: Leonard Rosenman.
1960 BAFTA Awards – Winner of the Robert Flaherty Documentary Award.
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